Saturday, 1. October 2016

Swap Out Your Classic Paint Job for These 5 Nail Art Ideas

A classic coat of nail polish is a lot like a white t-shirt and blue jeans: it will never go out of style. But just because the sheen of a high-gloss coat will always look great doesn't mean that it can eventually feel routine, too. Instead of sticking to a single color the next time you paint your nails, jazz up your hands with a bit of nail art. From easy geometric shapes to an out-of-this-world galaxy design, these five projects work for days when you want a subtle upgrade to nights when you want to go all out. Match these looks with an eye-catching jacket, brightly-printed shoes or a fun purse, and your turn with on-trend fingertips may just become a personal staple.

Two-Toned Nails to Rethink a Neutral Look

Neutral nails don't have to mean boring nails. This two-toned design uses nude and white polish to create an interesting finish that'll match all of the clothes in your closet. Paint on the nude base coat, and then use a small paintbrush or cotton swab to add the white dots to the bottom part of each nail. Your friends will never believe you did this yourself instead of splurging at the nail salon.

A Negative-Space Mani for a Clever Use of Color

If you prefer a pop of color on your nails but think you aren't skilled enough to paint on a design, this negative space look is the perfect solution. No steady hands required! Use small pieces of washi tape to section off a triangle at the bottom of each nail before painting like normal. Remove the tape before the polish dries and say hello to your new favorite mani!

Colorful Floral Nail Art for a Special Occasion

From a casual lunch with your friends to a garden wedding, there's no wrong occasion for romantic floral nails. But don't be intimidated by the colorful design. Since it's more of an abstract approach, the roses don't need to be perfect. Just take your time, and you'll end up with beautiful nail art that looks as gorgeous as a blossoming bouquet.

Galaxy Nails That'll Steal All of the Attention

Keep your outfit casual and go bold with your nails by painting on a stunning (but surprisingly easy) galaxy manicure. Start by brushing on a dark base coat, and then give it plenty of time to dry. After, use a piece of sponge to dab on a mixture of different colors for the galaxy pattern. Dots of white polish mimic stars to complete the intergalactic print.

Geometric Tips for Any Color Combination

Master this simple technique and you'll be able to create geometric nails in any color combination. Sticking to neutral shades can be the most forgiving option for beginners, but that doesn't mean you can't use bright polish, either. Since you'll be using strips of washi tape to section off your design, you don't have to worry about free-handing the triangle tips.

The Best Swimsuits for Apple Shapes

We've got top picks and shopping tips to make finding the perfect womens bathing suits for your body a cinch.

"Flatten My Belly!"

Even helpful salespeople don't always have your best interest at heart. Case in point: Cathy Thomas's strapless maillot. "It was the clerk's recommendation," Cathy explains. "The legs don't even fit right, but there were so many choices and I was in a rush, so I trusted her judgment." Cathy, though, needs a style that supports her chest and visually separates it from her stomach; ruching and tummy control offer subtle concealment.

1. What to Look For
Look for a style that supports your chest and visually separates it from your stomach; ruching and tummy control offer subtle concealment. "My stomach looks smaller without the suit digging into me. I love it!" Cathy says.

Pullover cheap one piece swimsuits in red, $30

2. Tummy Trimmers
Stick with V-neck suits. They're the most flattering, and they draw attention up and away from your trouble zone.

Color block ruched one piece swimsuit, $50

3. Choose Empire-Waist Styles
The design lifts the eye above your stomach and makes your middle look smaller.

Athleta bra cup twistini one piece in red, $79

4. Try the Tricks of the Tailor Trade
Tiers, draping, and ruching will all work to camouflage your middle.

Ocean dream tiered tankini sets, $40

5. Shopping Secrets from a Swimsuit Designer
Swimwear designer Malia Mills shares what she's learned from helping thousands of customers suit up for 18 years. "Women often think they need a bigger size to cover more skin. But it's better to get the right size in a fuller cut."

Boxy printing tankini, $20

6. How to Find the Right Size
"To tell if a suit is too small, go by how it feels and not just how it looks in the mirror."

Bra sized halterneck ruched one piece swimsuit

13 Game-Changing Ways to Go Glam This Season

Fashion rules are meant to be broken. Going beyond the whole "no white after Labor Day" rule (puh-lease!) and the age-old myth that you can't mix navy with black, we're ready to make daytime metallics a thing. Hear us out: During a season dominated by wooly knits, heavy-duty toppers and the prospect of bundling up, there's something to be said for embracing OTT metallics for work and play. 'Cause why the heck not?! Between swishy metallic skirts, slinky slip dresses and high-shine bodysuits, it's all about dialing it up this season, whether it be a fancy night on the town or just because. Make way for 13 game-changing ways to turn up the drama and go all-out glam this season.

1. ASOS Dolly Coat in Floral With Faux Fur Collar ($129): Found it. To all you vintage-loving girls who thought metallics just weren't your thing, we've uncovered the retro topper for you. This metallic jacquard number, featuring an intricate floral design and sassy faux fur collar, calls for a flapper-esque drop-waist dress and art deco-inspired earrings.

2. Scotch & Soda Metallic Trousers ($135): Whoever said you couldn't pull off lustrous fuchsia trousers in the workplace was surely mistaken. Pair 'em with a silk tie-front blouse, smart specs, a herringbone blazer and some good ol' suede block heels and HR won't bat an eye.

3. Topshop Metallic Parka ($250): A 50 percent chance of rain showers, you say? It looks like it's time to take cover in your fly metallic gold parkas for women. Rain or shine, it'll give you an excuse to embrace flashy metallics and show everyone who's boss. Toss this versatile hooded hero piece over a free-wheelin' jumpsuit, embroidered jeans or a roomy mock-neck sweater dress for some post-festival season flair.

4. ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt in Metallic With Contrast Hem ($64): Take a scroll through your Insta feed and there's a good chance you'll spot at least one Instababe sporting a twirl-worthy metallic pleated skirt — and for good reason. They can be dressed up with a blazer and ankle strap steppers or pared down with a slouchy sweater and Chuck Taylors. And a messy top knot is always the best accessory.

5. Halston Heritage Metallic Jersey Bodysuit ($195): Nothing to wear? You obviously haven't met a metallic jersey bodysuit with this much over-the-top appeal. The come-hither style may not be for the overly modest, but boy is it guaranteed to make an entrance at a Vegas-themed bachelorette party or black tie affair. Team it with high-waisted trousers or a thigh-high slit skirt, and toss on a body chain to complement the plunging neckline. Sky-high stilettos are obviously obligatory, 'cause flats just aren't going to fly.

6. Topshop Camouflage Jacquard Pencil Skirt ($95): Take the guesswork out of figuring out what to wear to a cocktail event or wedding reception by opting for this metallic jacquard print skirt that's downright sophisticated. Up the wow factor with a scalloped cami, sparkly chandelier earrings and a compact minaudiere clutch.

7. Topshop Moto Metallic Hayden Boyfriend Jeans ($90): Test drive a casual-cool downtown aesthetic with a pair of these slouchy metallic boyfriend jeans that can be dressed up or down. Style 'em for a lunch meeting across town alongside a silk blouse and d'Orsay pumps, or go full-on athleisure with an oversized pocket tee, a utilitarian jacket and sneakers.

8. Silence + Noise Satin Shine Slip Short Dress ($59): This just in: Snagging that coveted model-off-duty look is as simple as a few layering tricks. Take this high-shine slip dress, for instance — all you have to do is pop this wardrobe workhorse over a mesh tee and slip on some Chelsea boots for a street-inspired getup that demands attention.

9. Topshop Metallic Pyjama Shirt ($90): Perfect your roll-out-of-bed-and-go routine with this relaxed fit pajama shirt that can actually be worn IRL. We're dead serious. Style it alongside black slacks and heeled mules for the boardroom or a velvet pinafore dress and hoop earrings come the weekend. The metallic mint hue will lend just the right amount of glamour to every #OOTD.

10. Chi Chi London Bardot Metallic Jacquard Mid Length Dresses With High Low Hem ($129): Pretend like we're Blair Waldorf for the day? Don't mind if we do. Take style cues from the Queen B herself by styling this swoon-inducing strapless metallic dress with a tiara, simple pearl studs and Manolos for a head-turning look.

11. Zara Metallic Top With Frilled Hem ($36): Cue the fancy frills with this metallic top that can be worn as-is or layered over a button-down for a considerably more polished getup. Come the holidays, it'll straight-up stun with sequined pants and velvet platforms.

12. Kimchi Blue Floral Sheer Mesh Maxi Dresses on Sale ($89): Outfit conundrums simply don't exist when your dress is this DDG. Get ready to bring the drama by styling this sheer maxi, featuring shimmery gold blooms, with a gold choker and lace-up ghillies for a wedding under the stars or a fall soiree. Sign us up, please.

13. Zara Reversible Leather Jacket ($229): Keep the outfit blahs at bay with this reversible metallic bomber that's leather on one side and faux fur on the other. Sport the metallic side when you're feeling like Beyoncé and the flip side when you're just trying to be Miley. Either way, the swagger is on.

Will you embrace daytime metallics into your fall wardrobe ? Follow us on Pinterest for more fall style inspo!

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